I hadn't got round to doing anything to this bed (it largely looks after itself) but the herbs had survived the winter and started re-growing. Parsley had appeared, I think from seeds shaken from last year's (bolted) parsley, and birds pecking at the dried sunflower heads had dislodged seeds which are now growing. Mint cut back in February has bulked up nicely, thyme and golden oregano have spread since being planted last year, the monarda has come back (originally just one tiny shoot bought from a plant sale), the fennel is getting wonderfully fluffy and strawberries have rooted from runners escaping from the nearby pot. But it's all a bit higgledy-piggledy and, well, messy. In need of re-think. So, while I prepared other nearby beds for sowing, that's what I did. I thought, but I didn't actually do.
I think any hopes that I may have had of rearranging my herbs have to be abandoned for this year! The horseradish is beginning to grow tall and looks (at least from the side view) more like sweetcorn! It's all starting to grow like Topsy with several plants threatening to crowd each other out.
From the back: horseradish, monarda (bee balm), fennel, parsley, sunflowers - with a sprig of rosemary peeking in from the right!
So, organised? I don't think so! My dilemma now is whether to try and move the larger plants (monarda and fennel) to give them more space but I suspect they wouldn't survive the move at this stage. It's still early enough to start again with the fennel and, perhaps, also the parsley. I'd be glad of any suggestions from anyone who's dealt with similar.
Back at home, the window-boxes on my balcony are prepared and ready to sow. I've removed perennial plants and put in fresh compost so that I can grow lettuce, radishes and herbs upstairs, near to the kitchen, where they'll be handy. I read somewhere that viola flowers are edible so I've treated myself to a tray of violas to grow amongst the lettuce, but mainly because I think they're very pretty.
I'm having a little break for a few days as I'm off to visit relatives over the forthcoming weekend. Hope this lovely weather continues (although I wouldn't mind some rain!) and wish you all happy gardening and a relaxing bank holiday weekend! Caro xx